Happy Planning – The Perks of Pretty Productivity
If you are stuck in a rut, disorganised and forgetting things left, right and centre, you are in luck! Planning has never been more popular. There is something for everyone and it is all about making it personal. Less formal and more fabulous! I have been using a planner in a completely different way recently, and it is making me, a chronically disorganised person, defeat my natural state of stumbling through life without a clue. If you are fed up with being a hot mess, why not give one of these ideas a try?
The ingenious concept of bullet journaling was created by a digital designer, Ryder Carroll. It is a hybrid of, diary, calendar, project planner, logbook, artistic outlet, or anything that you can think to make of it, and it is all contained in an unassuming dotted notebook. It can be as true to Ryder Carroll’s simple and effective system as you like, or as creatively wild as can be imagined. You can make it scruffy, you can make it pretty, but the main thing is that the bullet journal works and it is pretty simple to get your head around. The biggest plus point for me is that you can add pages in no particular order, as it follows an index system. It is a journal that will evolve to suit your needs, as and when required, as opposed to having to bend your needs to fit a traditional structured diary.
For inspiring bullet journal layout ideas check out Tiny Ray of Sunshine’s blog.
Boho Berry’s blog is also jam-packed with great bullet journal guides and inspiration.
Ultimately, I chose to move on from this system because I feel the need for beauty in my planner, but lack the creative imagination to design my own beautiful, colourful pages. Basically, I couldn’t make mine pretty enough for me! That is what has brought me to the next option:
I am using a personal size Filofax that I bought from a friend of mine, Kerrie-Kraftyfilofax-Girl. She has a passion for paper crafts and I was impressed to discover that she has an astounding collection of planners. I was struck by how she was able to personalise her planners using charms that clip to the binding, washi tape, stickers, adorned paper-clips and anything else she liked the look of. At a time that I am working on self-care, finding something that both relaxes me and contributes to a more organised life is just what I needed, and combined with the fact that is both surprisingly easy and addictively fun to adorn a planner in whatever way I like, it just got me completely hooked. You can buy complete planner sticker sets if you want to spend a little money to treat yourself, or you can keep it simple, using whatever pretty scraps you have to hand, cutting pictures from magazines and using a good old-fashioned glue stick. I tend to do a bit of both, and have also found many free printables online to jazz up my pages. As you can see from my picture below, my planner isn’t perfect, but I am on a mission against perfectionism. It keeps me organised and makes me smile, so my Happy Planner is definitely doing its job!
My work in progress really doesn’t do the pretty planner movement justice though. To see some really beautiful planners, Pinterest has some fantastic board collections to get your creative juices flowing.
You may need to try a few different styles until you find the planner that fits your needs. Other temptingly beautiful planner options include Kikki K and Erin Condren. Both make stunning designs and accessories to match. They really are my coveted planners at the moment and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. There are plenty of other amazing designs out there, and I would love to hear from you if there are any other gems that you can recommend.